Rick Flair: Harley Race would have been MMA champ
With the extraordinary success of Brock Lesnar, the idea of rasslers crossing over to MMA is no longer a joke. Rick Flair was recently interviewed by wrestlenewz.com and as is becoming standard in pro wrestling interviews, the line of questioning turned to MMA.
WrestleNewz: If you were 21 years old today, do you think you’d go into MMA instead of pro wrestling?
Rick Flair: No, I wouldn’t. I will watch MMA if someone I know is actually in it, but all the guys I know personally are gone. Liddell’s gone – he’s a good friend. Ortiz is gone – he’s a good friend too. Brock Lesnar is gone. The other guys now, I don’t watch, because I don’t care about them.
But I’ll tell you: I have been in matches with Bruiser Brody that were tougher than any MMA match! Especially in Tokyo. Same thing with Stan Hansen. Try getting in the ring with him one time in Tokyo, brother. Good lord!
And FYI, nobody in MMA could have beaten Harley Race or Dick Slater. Those guys were just that tough. And remember Haku? Don’t ever think that anybody would mess with Haku. If he was a young guy and he got into MMA, my god – he’d have done everything! He was the toughest son of a bitch I’ve ever met in my whole life. No lie, take my word for it.